Letter to Fritz Englund

Letter to Fritz Englund

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Author: Westbury, Eric Ernest (1881-1939) signed

Year: 1913

Publisher: Self published

Place: Birmingham


One page typed letter signed to Fritz Englund (6" x 8") submitting a 3 move problem for publication. Addressed from his residence in Birmingham. Fritz Englund (1871-1933) was the problem editor of Tidskrift for Schach. Problem not included, but was published later in the magazine in 1913.

Fritz Englund was a noted problemist and the Englund Gambit was named after him inadvertently. The opening was invented by Karlis Betins (1867-1943). He published his analysis "Konigsbauer gegen Damenbauer" in Deutsche Schachzeiting 1930. Two years later Englund, the leading chess figure in Sweden, sponsored a thematic tournament, held at Stockholm in late 1932 and 1933. Every game had to begin with Betins' main line. Probably because Betins' article had already been forgotten, or - more probable - because Englund died shortly afterwards, when chess magazines reported his death, they rarely failed to mention "Englund's Gambit Tournament." So the name stuck.

Eric Ernest Westbury was an accomplished pianist and violinist who played both instruments in the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra during the early 1920's, shortly after it's foundation by Neville Chamberlain. He was also an accomplished published composer of award winning chess problems throughout the turn of the century and early 1930's.


Signed in Westbury's bold hand. Crease folds for posting, light edge wear else a very good copy.